With all those pairs of flats and sandals lined up in your room, it’s imperative you have squeaky clean looking feet. Sometimes you don’t have all the money to hit a foot reflexology spa or just don’t feel like hitting the salon. The key to clean, modelesque feet is not just a good salon professional but also a bit of hard work. Here are some quick tips on how to give yourself a pedicure at home!
- Take it off: Stick to the basics by taking off your nail polish within 7 days. Remove a dark shade earlier to avoid staining your nails. A quick tip to take out leftover nail paint is to use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover on the edges of your nail bed. Read our nail polish tutorial here.
- E for Exfoliate: To get rid of dead skin and dirt, use a small toothbrush with medium hard bristles. Apply some lemon zest on the brush and massage it in and around your toe nails in circular motions. If you’re not a big fan of lemon, you can use a sea salt or brown sugar scrub. Keep it on for 3 to 4 minutes; rinse with warm water.
- Cut and file: Now comes the time to trim your nails and file it to your liking. Keep a bigger nail cutter that you use solely for your toes as well as a disposable filer. As you go about your toes, you can cut down your cuticles that are protruding out or push them back gently. Read my tips to tackle yellow, brittle nails here.
If you’re only doing your nails, just apply some nail cream and you’re done. Use a summer shade on your feet and you’re done.
5. Soak it up: A great way to catch up on Instagram or your Pinterest are those 15 minutes you soak your feet in hot water. I suggest adding Epsom salts at home (I buy mine from a pharmacy); they soothe aching muscles and have gentle exfoliating properties. You can make most of this alone time by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil (Fab India’s Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils help relax).
To re-create the same atmosphere as that of a foot spa, buy a copper bowl and stock up on your favourite essentials oils. Browse through Pinterest to know oil properties and lots more.
Get working: To make your feet squeaky clean, use a pumice stone to get rid of hardened skin. Just make sure you do so in smooth, circular motions to avoid reddened, inflamed skin. On the other hand, I only use 1 appliance: the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic foot file. This is electronic and does the exfoliation on its own and can never cause any bleeding or inflammation.
- Moisturize: Foot creams are great to hydrate and moisturize your skin as well as to keep any infections at bay. Use a foot salve or a foot and nail cream like BioCare Foot Spa Cream 500 ml or Scholl Foot and Nail Cream, 75gm. Sometimes, I just use coconut oil and put on a pair of old socks so that my feet can soak up all the moisture.